Gieseking: "Appassionata" & "Waldstein" Sonatas (rec. 1938/9) - Columbia ML 4774
Jacket VG / LP VG / US pressing
This fine LP from Columbia Masterworks (ML 4774, US pressing, blue label, mono) features Walter Gieseking’s brilliant accounts of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas No. 21 in C Major Op. 53 “Waldstein” and No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 “Appassionata”. These are pre-war 78rpm recordings, the former made in Berlin in August 1938, the latter in New York in February 1939.
Although his reputation today is more readily associated with the French repertoire, with Debussy in particular, Gieseking played a vast repertoire, including all 32 Piano Sonatas of Beethoven. And while he may not be a first choice for Beethoven, his readings are never less than illuminating – certainly that is the case here.
There are excellent liner notes (uncredited) on the reverse side of the jacket, printed in English only. The striking cover design is uncredited.
The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor.
The condition of the jacket is VERY GOOD. There is shelfwear and aging, but that is all. There are no seamsplits, bends, owners’ markings, or other defects, and the album remains solid, bright, and attractive – overall, a very good collector's copy.
The condition of the LP itself is VERY GOOD. Though there is light surface noise throughout, in general the playback remains excellent. However, those wanting a flawless or near-MINT copy are kindly advised to look elsewhere. Overall, this rates as a very good collector's copy.